HC Deb 15 February 1911 vol 21 c1202W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that at the Croydon Labour Exchange, when selecting workmen to send to jobs, preference is given to non-society men, and that recently out of some 230 joiners sent to work at the Crystal Palace only twenty-four were trade unionists; and whether this system of selection has his sanction?


Between 20th November, 1910, and 10th February, 1911, 270 carpenters in all have obtained work at the Crystal Palace through the Croydon Labour Exchange. I am unable to say how many trades unionists were included in this number, since, as my hon. Friend is aware, no question on this point is put to applicants. I am satisfied, however, after inquiry, that in the selection of applicants from the register, no preference has been shown to non-unionists.